|| ||"Rod Anderson" <roanderson-AT-novell.com>|
|| ||Novell Lowers Linux Management Costs with Red Carpet
|| ||Tue, 11 Nov 2003 10:27:11 -0700|
Novell Lowers Linux Management Costs with Red Carpet Enterprise 2
- Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise 2 provides centralized software
management of Linux-based workstations and servers
- Red Carpet Enterprise complements and extends the Linux capabilities
of Novell ZENworks as part of Novell's cross-platform solution for
PROVO, Utah - Nov. 11, 2003 - Novell today announced the immediate
availability of Ximian(R) Red Carpet Enterprise(TM) 2, the latest
version of the secure, customizable solution that automates the central
management of software on workstations and servers running a variety of
Linux distributions. Through centralized and automated management,
maintenance and updating of Linux servers and desktops, Red Carpet
Enterprise significantly reduces the cost of Linux ownership for
customers, allowing them to concentrate resources on other strategic
"The powerful new management features and broad Linux OS support in
this version extend Novell's leadership in Linux software management,"
said Alan Nugent, Novell(R) chief technology officer. "By lowering
operating costs and removing barriers to Linux implementation, we have
made it even easier for customers to install, update and maintain the
fastest-growing operating system on the market."
Customers can deploy Red Carpet Enterprise in as little as 30 minutes,
and its unique ability to integrate with external repositories allows
for automated enterprise Linux updates. Red Carpet Enterprise offers the
industry's broadest support of Linux distributions and applications,
including SUSE LINUX*, Red Hat* and Ximian.
Fred Broussard, IDC senior research analyst, PC and Device Management
Software, said, "Software management is one of the central issues in
realizing the promise of lower cost of ownership. Organizations need
tools that not only automate the updating and maintenance of rapidly
changing open source software, but that ensure software standards are
met as well. Systems like Red Carpet Enterprise give Linux
administrators the tools they need to automate many of their system
management processes in order to save both time and money."
Red Carpet Enterprise 2 Simplifies and Automates
Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise provides enterprise software package
distribution for Linux, including full dependency resolution,
distribution, installation, rollback, repairs and reporting. With rapid
deployment and broad support for Linux distributions and applications,
organizations can realize a quick return on investment.
Enhancements to Red Carpet Enterprise 2 simplify the administration and
further automate the process of distributing software or updates.
- Software packages can be grouped into package sets to represent
products, product components or product families and subsequently
managed as single entities for distribution, installation, rollback and
- Inventory support for managed servers and workstations collects
network information, including hardware, software and system
- Enhanced enterprise software distribution uses caching servers to
more effectively transfer packages across slow network connections.
"Ensuring that our customers' network defenses are constantly updated
to address new and emerging threats is one of our primary goals," said
Marilyn Kain, vice president of strategic alliances and business
development, Crossbeam Systems. "By leveraging Red Carpet Enterprise as
part of our security management system, our customers are protected
through automatic software updates, and they can always access the
administration console from any location to change their
Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise is part of Novell Resource Management,
managing enterprise Linux desktop and server environments. Red Carpet
Enterprise can also extend the Linux capabilities of Novell ZENworks(R),
the leading solution for management of desktops, servers and handhelds.
With the Ximian purchase in August and the pending acquisition of SUSE
LINUX announced last week, Novell continues to fulfill its commitment to
provide a full range of Linux solutions.
Pricing and Availability
Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise 2 is now available for $200 per managed
system through Novell Authorized Resellers(SM) and solution providers.
For more information on Red Carpet Enterprise, please visit
http://www.ximian.com/products/redcarpet_enterprise. For more
information on Novell Resource Management, please visit
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